Short Indie Film ‘Lazy Teenage Superheroes’ [Check It Out!]

by on January 23, 2011

in Entertainment

Warning: The following has language that is Not Safe For Work or young ones!

As you know, I enjoy quality short films, aka indie films.  One of my favorites right now is Project Arbiter which will be coming out someday soon! When I hear of one, I check it out and if it sparks my imagination in any way, I’ll put them up and chat about them and let people see what I’m talking about. This next short film, called Lazy Teenage Superheroes (LTS), is great little 12-minute piece of work, that for $300 to produce, is incredible. It ranks incredible from the cost to quality ratio.  And it is a great piece of entertainment for a 12 minute break from the day’s routines.

Lazy Teenage Superheroes was created, directed and produced by Michael Ashton and it’s been compared to films like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.  That’s an incredible comparison because despite the quality of what was Scott Pilgrim, a lot of fans could not digest the presentation.  This short film is on par with Scott Pilgrim, but can easily be placed in the realm of the real world so it is easier for fans to digest this film while easily accepting the reality of it.

The trailer came out around March of 2010. If you’re a network exec that needs a new member on your team to help with your project, like say uh hum, The Cape, I’d give Mr. Ashton a call, let them take over and give him & his team carte blanche!

About Lazy Teenage Superheroes:

Tyler is your average awkward teenager just trying to get by like the rest of us. Until one day, he moves in with three unusual roommates – Mitchell, Calvin, and Richard all have extraordinary, super human abilities. Although Tyler still has one thing they don’t have: ambition. Lazy Teenage Superheroes follows Ty as he tries to get his new “super” friends to put down the video games, get off the couch, and use their powers to help save the world, instead of themselves.

Mitch, Cal, and Rick were a sought-after and highly respected superhero team back in their youth until society began to take them for granted. Holding strong to their bond of friendship they jointly decided to turn in their capes and try to establish a normal, average life.

And this is where we pick up, eight years after they last donned their masks, sharing an apartment with Tyler and coping with the issues any group of teenage single males deal with…..


LOL, love the quote early on in the film: “It’s like a Decepticon with down syndrome

I like the dialog though the language is a bit NSFW or Kids, it is something that gives it that gritty realistic aspect. Below, I’ve included both the trailer and the full 12-minute film. I’d suggest just skipping straight to the short if you have the time. If not, the trailer is a shorter sample that demonstrates the quality VFX and story of this wonderful film.

$300? Wow… I’m trying to decide if that was the cost of the software and/or all the pizza and beer the powered this creative team while they had fun making this indie short!?

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the Lazy Teenage Superheroes short film:



  • Joseph Stricker – Tyler
  • Ellis Martin – Mitch
  • Sean Patrick McGowan – Rick
  • Federico Rodriguez – Cal
  • Rafael Cebrian – Solario
  • Julian Cihi – Laserwing/Bloodbelt
  • Annie Costner – Mel


  • Michael Ashton – creator director vfx writer
  • Adam Royster – writer
  • Sean Conaty – cinematographer
  • David Margolius – production coordinator
  • Danny Cannizarro – vfx artist
  • Dan Teicher – score
  • Scott Hirsch – sound mix
  • Tom Ashton – sound operator
  • Kyle Long – production assistant
  • James Myers – post story consultant

TLS Website (Go!  Go check it out. ): lazyteenagesuperheroes.comMichael Ashton’s website.

I learned about this via Topless Robot!

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